The Bas-Saint-Laurent Regional Environmental Council (CREBSL) hopes that the Quebec government will take greater account of the multiple uses of the forest in the next forest regime. (File photo)
It is necessary to protect old-growth forests, for example by stopping total felling which promotes forest regeneration, but does not preserve caribou habitat, says Mia Larochelle, biologist and project manager at the Regional Council of #x27;environment of Gaspésie.
By making total cuts, we allow the regeneration of new forests which are good habitats for coyotes, bears, and therefore for caribou predators , but not for caribou as such, explains the one who specializes in biodiversity issues and protected areas.
This is an observation that Martin-Hugues Saint-Laurent partly shares. For him, it is imperative to change forestry practices in the boreal forest, for example by exploiting smaller areas, in a less recurrent manner and without systematizing the use of total felling, without abandoning them completely.
The Bas-Saint-Laurent Regional Environmental Council also notes a rejuvenation of the boreal forest in the east of the Lower Laurentian territory, as highlighted in a study by the Center for x27;study of the forest published last December.
Marie-Hélène Ouellet D'Amours does not point the finger at the forestry industry , which only follows the forest planning determined by the Chief Forester from Quebec, according to her.
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